Direct Selling Tips Business And Family
By Awnya Boam,
Being successful in Direct Selling is more of a science than it is just luck. Here are a few tips that you can use in you Direct Selling business to help you to be successful.
- Manage your time wisely. This breaks down into 2 areas. Your business and your family time.
Business — You need to schedule the time that you will be working your business. Your hours of operation. The best part of owning your own direct sales business is that you can work when you want to, but you need to WORK. When you are working, try to focus on money-making tasks. It is easy to redesign your business cards or organize your contacts and customers, but these are not activities that will help you make money. Divide your time so that you can do the behind the scenes activities that are important to your business as well as the activities that will help to make you successful. Phone calls, hostess coaching, opportunity meetings, demonstrating at a party or event, delivering orders, and following up are some of the tasks that will boost your success level.
Family– Because you are working from home, when you want to, it is easy for kids and/or your spouse to think that just because you are home, you are theirs. It is important to draw the line. For young children, I suggest a visual reminder like a sombrero or another silly hat. It needs to be something that will stand out and remind them that mommy is busy and that can be put away when you are off the clock. For older children, try posting office hours on the office door along with a clock. You could also try an “at work” sign on the door.
With setting boundaries, it is essential that you also respect the office hours. When you get to the time you should be off, save what you are doing and walk away. If you don’t respect your office hours, you cannot expect your family to.
- Systems — Systems are a certain way of accomplishing a task. They save time, energy, and ensure that you complete the task the same way every time that you do it. It also ensures that you don’t forget a step along the way. For example, every night when I go to get ready for bed, I check the locks on the doors, turn out the lights, check on my sleeping kids, brush my teeth, do a little reading and then go to bed. It has become second nature to me. In this same way, hostess coaching, following up with leads, interviews with potential team members, and filling orders will take you less time and energy if you establish a system. If you establish the use of systems in your business, you will also become more duplicatable. It is much easier to outline a system that you use to accomplish tasks when you are training new team members than to let them figure it out for themselves.
- Training- At any level of your organization, it is important that you continue to seek out training and education. Some companies are fabulous at offering all kinds of different training options and that is a great resource for you to utilize. Whether you have this in your company or not, it is always a good idea to keep your finger on the pulse of the industry. Direct Selling is constantly changing and evolving and if you get stuck in a training rut, it could stifle the growth of your business. Seek out trainers and speakers coming to you area. A few great training resources that have regular free calls are http://www.themindaware.com and http://www.DSWA.org .
- Reward Yourself– Each and every one of us has a small child living inside of us. It is this small child that likes us to have a good time, sneak an occasional treat, and even do silly things. Sometimes as adults, it is easy to get caught up in the chores, house work and tasks we need to accomplish and that inner child is denied the fun and celebration that it needs to be happy. We have all heard the saying “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”. My recommendation is to CELEBRATE! Play, have fun, eat something incredibly not good for you! Enjoy life. When you do, your inner child will be quite and let you accomplish more. The inner child can also be quite helpful when you need to accomplish a task as long as you tell it that the reward will come after the task is accomplished. Take for example some party reminder calls. If you have 25 calls to make, tell yourself that when all 25 calls are finished, you can eat that piece of chocolate cake that is calling to you from the fridge. Once you have set that as the reward, you will be much more driven to get those calls completed.
As you implement these steps into your life and your Direct Selling business you will find yourself able to focus your time and energy more efficiently as well as enjoy the journey a little bit more.
Awnya Boam is the mother of 5 kids ages 9 and under. In addition to all her motherly and housekeeping responsibilities, Awnya runs a successful website, 2 blogs and a growing Direct Selling business. Awnya has a passion for the Direct Selling industry . She was awarded the prestigious Spirit of DSWA Award in 2010 by the Direct Selling Women’s Alliance and she loves to connect and support others in the Direct Selling industry. Visit her website, http://www.Time4Felt.com, or her blog, http://www.MomsBizBuzz.com to further connect with her.